Racine County, Wisconsin --Reunion Old Settlers Reunion at Hoyt's Racine County.June 1, 1880 (from a speech given at the reunion)
The article mentions Hoyts and the earliest settlers thought you might like this information Mary is not mentioned nor Alden Cate.... In 1880 William S. Hoyt welcomed his brother pioneers, and bids a hearty welcome to the spot where nearly forty years ago the stroke of his axe broke the solitude of the forest where he founded a home for himself and his descendants. Mr.
Hoyt was born in Cabot in the state of Vermont, on the lst day of June 1800. He was the second son of Enoch and Mary Hoyt and his grandfather was an officer in the revolutionary war. he came first to the town of Rochester,Racine County, Wisconsin in 1837. Back to Vermont and in 1841 , he came with his family to make a permanent settlemaent in the then FAR WEST. Arrived on a boat at Southport(now known as Kenosha) he and family made their way to Rochester, where his brother Tristam C. Hoyt had ben since the Spring of 1837. They found shelter in a dwelling 16 feet square erected by Mr. N. Moulton and the standing on the other side of this grove. Immediately the ocnstructin of a building which is a portion
of the present home of Mr. Franklin E. Hoyt, was begun. Soon ready to live in it was occupied by the family during the winter of 1841 and 1842. The upper and lower floors were of loose floorboaard, both ends of the structure were of green oak, and it was said the window glass was of no account because it was just as convenient of the family to star-gaze though the cracks between the logs. Frank, then a boy used to say it was splendid to lie in bed on the floor and see the moon rise, but his enthusiam was dampened when snow fell on the coverlet of his bed. Trees in the area were magnificant maples. Their planting was commenced in 1842 and during suceeding seasons.
The family consisted of four children; Emeline M. Hoyt born 9-24, 1822, Franklin E. Hoyt. born 3-16-1824, Fidelia M. Hoyt born 1-19-1828 and Helen M. Hoyt, born 1-28-1831 and died 1-31-1864. During the days of gold fever our friend William with oxen team went to California, there remained several years, returning with a liberal supply of the precious dust.
Hope this gives an idea of the first pioneers in Rochester, Wisconsin-Racine County.
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